The Intergalactic Final Solution: Nazism and Genocide in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers

  title={The Intergalactic Final Solution: Nazism and Genocide in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers},
  author={Brian E. Crim},
  journal={Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies},
  pages={104 - 115}
  • Brian E. Crim
  • Published 9 April 2011
  • Art
  • Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
The 1997 release of Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers generated controversy for its obvious Nazi imagery and ironic endorsement of a fascist future. Based on Robert Heinlein's equally controversial novel in which a militarized Earth is engaged in a war of annihilation against a race of insects, Verhoeven's film portrays a society that embraces the logic of extermination and uses Nazi language and signifiers to express eliminationist rhetoric at every turn. Schools, the media, and the future… 
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